Sunday, 17 April 2016

My Sleep and Lounge-wear Picks

 Well, like I said, this blog is moving more into being about stuff I like in general, not exclusively beauty anymore! So that being said, something I reallyyyy like to do is have lazy days tucked up under a blanket with a hot water bottle and my laptop, and to nap/sleep for a very long time when I can haha. I also like to do these things in cute'n'comfy attire! So I'd like to show you some sleep and lounge-wear items that I've picked up recently :)

I'm going to start at the top of the photo above and work anti-clockwise. First up is the 'You've Cat To Be Kitten Me' shorts and tee pyjama set I got in the Accessorize sale - I love it because I love cats and I love puns! And on the whole I prefer to wear shorts to be instead of long-legged things unless it's cold. It's no longer available on their website but you might be able to find it in-store still, however there are still lots of pretty sets to choose from online - my faves are this elephant print set and this pineapple print set :)

Next up are a couple of things I bought from the TU range at Sainsbury's - I'd seen them a few weeks before and then popped in again one day on my lunch break and they had 25% off all the clothing! I got this 'Hey Honey' top and the matching bumble bee bottoms. They're made of such soft material, they're so comfortable! The top is very over-sized, I usually size up for pj's just as a personal preference but I didn't feel the need to with this - I'd have been swimming in it if I had, haha! It's a perfect over-sized fit in what you usually buy :) The bottoms are elasticated at the ankle but are not tight or uncomfortable at all (the legs are really nice and roomy) and won't ride up your legs when you're in bed - I hate when that happens! I also bought this mint-turquoise colour striped chemise, again made of reallyyyy soft material and I love the lace detailing! As well as these, I got this set of two cami tops (not pictured) as they're really useful and will go with lots pyjama and lounge-wear stuff :)

Another pyjama set I bought recently was this all-over space and unicorn print shorts and tee set from ASOS. I wanted it for aaaages and I kept being out of stock in my size, it would come back in stock when I checked the website at work but by the time I got home in the evening it would be gone again, it drove me mad haha! When I finally caught it back in stock at a time when I could place the order, I bought it straight away and I love it! It's out of stock again now I'm afraid and I don't know if it'll be coming back, but ASOS have loads of other really cute tee and shorts sets on their website :) I really like this cactus set and this macaroon set (although they are 'macarons', not 'macaroons' on the print, but that is just a little pet hate/irritation of mine haha). I also love this shark head print one, it's so hilarious I think I'm going to have to get it! But as I said there are loads of nice ones, you can browse them here :)

Finally, I bought a few lounge-wear pieces a couple of weekends ago. I love the white and grey space-dye jogger bottoms (I'm wearing them now!), they're lightly fleece-lined and very comfortable. I also picked up some dusky pink joggers with a soft, towelling lining - again, super comfy! Finally, my favourite out of the three is the cream hoodie - it's fleece-lined and fairly fitted for a hoodie, but you could always size up if you wanted a more relaxed fit. And the best bit? It was only £7 from Primark, and I think the joggers were £5 each, also from Primark - bargain! You know what it's like, you go into Primark planning on buying a handful of budget pieces for work, you come out fifty quid or so poorer with two massive bags full of stuff, haha!

Hope you enjoyed this post today! Are you also a big fan of comfy, lazy clothes? Or are you not as bothered about them as I am? Hahaha :)

Friday, 8 April 2016

Loving Lately #1

I've never actually done a 'Loving Lately' post, but I thought it would be a good thing to sort of 're-introduce' myself to writing a blog post! In my last post waaaaay back in January, I said I'd have a lot more time to spend on my blog this year, but as it turns out I haven't yet! I do have more time as in I have more days off in the week now, but because the days I do work are so long I tend to spend my days off feeling pretty exhausted and, more recently, I've had a lot more social stuff on which has been really nice, however also tiring on top of work! I have managed to be semi-organised and have got two (maybe three) more posts after this one all planned, so hopefully I might be able to get myself into some sort of schedule soon :)

Also before I get started, I just wanted to give a little mention to one of my best friends Roben Beauty - she's fairly new to Bloglovin', if you love all things beauty related then please do check out her blog! She's a really lovely lady and she knows what she's talking about as, like me, she's a bit of beauty addict AND she's also a makeup artist in-training :) so head on over for some great beauty advice and tutorials! Now, onto the 'lovings'...

1. My NYPD hoodie!
This hoodie is by Tee and Cake at Topshop. My sister and I have a bit of an inside joke that involves yelling 'NYPD! FREEZE!' at each other haha, so when I saw it I had to have it! It's super cosy and fleecy inside, over-sized fit but still nice and lightweight. I really like the look of the NASA sweater they do as well, just a question of which colour... but I basically want everything they do!

I used to read looooads when I was younger, then during my teens I just got out of the habit unless it was for school, and I only got back in to reading a lot maybe two or three years ago but now I've started I can't believe I ever stopped! Neil Gaiman is an author I've loved for a long time, the first book of his I read was Coraline a long time ago, and ever since I've been hooked. He's an amazing writer, he has an incredible way of drawing you into a story, his writing seamlessly creates images in your head as you read and his storytelling just sucks you in and holds you there. Anansi Boys is the book I'm currently reading and I'm really enjoying it - it's about 'Fat Charlie' Nancy, a bit of loser but has managed to get his life pretty much on track and has a steady job, whose brother who he never knew he had comes to stay with him. His brother is his complete opposite in every way, and starts to wreak havoc in his life. If you know anything of Neil Gaiman's writing you'll know that the plot is undoubtedly more complicated than that, but I don't want to spoil anything if you're thinking of giving it a go and haven't heard of it all ready! One of my next posts is going to be about the books I'd highly recommend, so keep your eyes peeled for that one :) 

3.Fruit-flavoured chocolate!
Okay, so a bit of an odd one haha, but I really have! I never used to be that big on fruit-flavoured chocolate (or white chocolate, for that matter) but recently I've been absolutely loving it! Pictured above are pink champagne truffles with a hint of strawberry, 'strawberries and cream' white chocolate with strawberry ganache, and 'raspberry smoothie' milk chocolate with a seriously juicy raspberry centre, all from Hotel Chocolat. I've also been loving the Strawberries and Cream Lindor and was lucky enough to get the Easter egg! (Which, by the way, is still standing! I've somehow only eaten one bag of Dairy Milk eggs since Easter! How is this possible? What has happened to me?? Haha) Also have to give a shout out to the Coconut Lindor, too - not fruity but bloody delicious! - and the incredibly moreish Prestat Red Velvet Truffles; I bought I load of the bauble-packaged ones in the Christmas sale in Jarrolds, so good. 

4. Charlotte Tilbury makeup

Let's face it, who isn't loving Charlotte Tilbury's gorgeous makeup line. I now have quite a few of her products, but these three in  particular have made it into my daily rotation. Pictured above is her Magic Foundation in Shade 2 -  it's slightly on the thicker side in consistency but is super creamy and blends easily, gives a high medium-to-full coverage, and I would say a demi-matte finish. I get really dry skin and I find this base suits me really well and lasts all day. I like to apply it best with my Beauty Blender but also use my Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush a lot, too! Also pictured is her K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick lippie in the shade Stoned Rose and her Lip Cheat lip liner in the shade Iconic Nude - I've swatched these two for you as well! Stoned Rose is a brown-toned rusty-rose hue which looks really beautiful on and is the kind of shade that would suit pretty much everyone! I've found that it goes really well with the Iconic Nude lip liner and together they make a perfect lip! Iconic nude is a beige-toned nude liner that goes with basically everything - I use it with all my lip colours except really dark shades and reds, but that's just personal preference as it could be used with any shade. It also looks really nice on it's own and it really good for the beigey-brown 90's inspired lip trend :)

5. My new duvet sets!
Last, but by no means least, I wanted to share with you these two super, super cute (in my opinion, anyway haha, my sister was not really a fan of the unicorns) duvet sets from George At Home at Asda! I've bought stuff from George At Home before because it's really well priced, and I love their duvet sets because for the most part they are made of that easy-care, non-iron fabric which is totally up my street - I have no time for battling with a double duvet cover over an ironing board! These two were only £12 each for double-sized sets - I had to get the unicorn one because unicorns, and the cat one is called 'Purrmaids' because they are cat-mermaids, hahaha! I love cats so cat-mermaids to me was incredible. 

Hope you enjoyed this post! I found it fun to write and it's actually put me in a really good mood :) what have you all been loving recently? x